UK law firm TLT has appointed its first head of international to lead the development of its best friend's network as part of its strategy to 2020. Commercial disputes head Chris Owen will take on the new role, supported by the firm's sector and group leaders.
The appointment follows five years of rapid UK growth focused around the firm's recognised sector expertise in areas like financial services, energy & renewables and retail & consumer goods. The objective internationally is to now develop the firm's network of best friends to align with the its sector experience and the international needs of clients.
Managing partner David Pester said:
"TLT has been one of the fastest growing firms in the UK over the last five years. As part of our strategy to 2020, we will now look to develop further how and where we can provide support for our clients internationally to ensure that we can deliver the services they need in Europe and further afield."
TLT International head Chris Owen said:
"This is about ensuring our international network delivers the right mix of legal expertise, sector experience and client service to match our own, enabling us to deliver more effectively for clients. It is about deepening those relationships we already have, particularly those with whom we already collaborate as part of our various panel appointments and developing new ones to broaden our support for clients."
To date, the firm has supported clients internationally through membership of the European Law Firm network and a wider informal network of relationships with specialist firms chosen based on client requirements. The firm is currently reviewing all of those relationships as part of delivering its international strategy.
Chris will continue to lead the firm's commercial disputes team, a position he has held since 2003. Chris has also played an integral leadership role in the development of TLT ReSource, the firm's shared service offering that was recognised as a standout innovation by the Financial Times.